5 Exercises to Do While Standing in Line

Turn waiting in line to losing weight with these simple exercises.

Patience is a virtue, especially when you’re stuck in line. There’s nothing virtuous about compromising your fitness routine. Errands cutting into your exercise? Combine the two with these 5 Exercises to Do While Standing in Line and keep your body engaged while waiting. Fair warning, you may get looks. But they’re nothing compared to the looks you’ll get when you’ve reached your fitness goals.

1. Calf Raises

Take the extra time in line to tone up those calves. Simple stand up on your toes, slowly lower your heels back down to ground level, and repeat. (Disclaimer: you may look a little antsy).

2. Core Flexing

A little less conspicuous, this exercise allows you to engage your core on the sly. Inhale deeply, flex your abs, and breathe out slowly, staying flexed. Release and repeat.

3. Bicep Curls

Holding a purse or returnable item in line? Simply use it as a makeshift dumbbell f0r bicep curls. Do 10 reps on each side, rest for 30 seconds, and repeat (or keep it up until it’s your turn).

4. Oblique Twists

Turn hours in line into an hourglass shape with these simple standing oblique twists. Keep your hips in place and twist your upper body to one side until there’s a slight tension. Inhale and exhale, then alternate sides. To avoid hitting anyone, keep your arms close to your torso as you twist.

5. Butt Pulses

Butt pulses can be done just about anywhere. While standing, squeeze your butt muscles as tight as possible on the count of two, release and repeat. Your butt will get firmer by doing this simple tightening technique.

If you’re not afraid of getting a little attention while you’re stuck in line, these exercises are perfect for keeping active throughout your day. Give them a try to kill some time, and maybe a little body fat!


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